Hilary Rhoda shared with PEOPLE in January that her and husband Sean Avery's road to parenthood "wasn't easy for us"

By Jen Juneau
July 28, 2020 09:13 AM
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Hilary Rhoda is a mom!

The 33-year-old model and her husband, former professional ice hockey player Sean Avery, welcomed son Nash Hollis Avery at 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, they announced the same day on Instagram.

"Our boy came into this world fast & furiously!" Rhoda captioned a photo of herself holding her baby boy in the hospital.

The excited new mom also shared the news on her Instagram Story. "We love you baby Nash," she captioned the sweet shot.

The model also shared before and after hospital photos on social media. In the before photo, Rhoda appears calm while snapping a mask selfie from her hospital bed. In the after pic, the first-time mom holds up a peace sign while an empty bag of Cheez-Its sits on her chest.

Rhoda announced her pregnancy news on Instagram in January, sharing a sweet photo of herself cradling her growing belly and writing, "It's a boy 💙🌈 @imseanavery and I are having a baby and we're so excited about this next chapter of life together."

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"The last year has been quite a journey getting to this point, lots of ups & downs … but for those trying to conceive, all I can say is just keep going," Rhoda added on her Instagram Story, adding a red heart emoji and further explaining that, "trying to conceive is a mindf— and might have almost ended our marriage once or twice."

Avery, 40, opened up about the difficulties he and Rhoda faced while trying to get pregnant on his podcast, No F— Given. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be a father. I'm going to be a father," he began excitedly.

"I'm having a baby boy. I never thought this day would come. I mean, I always thought that it was going to happen at some point, but until it actually happens — you never really know," the Ice Capades author added.

Avery shared that, going into the process, he had no idea "how hard or difficult having a baby is going to be," revealing that his wife suffered two miscarriages in a row before they finally conceived again once the pressure had lifted following some time apart that saw him having to relocate for work for over a month.

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"I haven't seen my wife in five weeks. So we're going to make love and what do you know? I stood up and said, 'You're pregnant,' " he explained. "We went through a difficult six months. I come back and we have real, true passion, and love and harmony."

Following her January announcement, Rhoda chatted with PEOPLE and revealed that while she was "so excited to be pregnant" and expecting her first baby with Avery, it was important to her to be "sensitive" to others whose line to conception wasn't a straight one.

"I was sensitive to the people out there who are trying to conceive or have experienced loss from miscarriages like I did, so I wanted to share that it wasn’t easy for us either," Rhoda told PEOPLE at the time.

The model also said that she "had a dream very early on in my pregnancy that it was a boy" — and of course, she turned out to be right!